Looking at punctuation marks and their functions


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After looking at different punctuation marks I can get an idea of the structure of a punctuation mark that would used to signify that a sentence or phrase is sarcastic. Even though I did manage to find an existing punctuation mark for sarcasm, to me it seems like it wouldn’t work well in different typefaces and it could be designed better as its shape seems completely unrelated, in my opinion.

I’ve been experimenting with some shapes and my ideas took the form very similar to the ‘The snark’ and the ‘irony’ punctuations seen above on the ‘obscure punctuation marks infographic which I didn’t know existed previously. So I will be redesigning the punctuation mark because having something too similar would cause confusion.

Brackets, Braces and Parentheses

I wanted to make something that works in a similar way to brackets, braces and parentheses as these are symbols used to contain words which are a further explanation to the sentence or are considered a group.

Braces {  }, are used to contain two or more lines of text or listed items, but they are not very common. They are found more often in computer programing to show what is contained within the same line. Also used in certain mathematical expressions and musical notation.

Brackets are squared notations [  ], for technical explanations like the ones found on dictionaries at the bottom of the each definition. They allow for an insertion of editorial material inside quotations regarding: Subject clarification, translation, indicating a change in capitalization, indication errors, emphasis, censoring objectionable content, and parenthetical within parenthetical uses.

Parentheses (  ) are curved symbols used to contain further information or remarks in a sentence, but they can sometimes be replaced by comas. The text can be a single word, a fragment, or multiple sentences. The material inside of the parentheses must not be grammatically integral to the surrounding sentence, meaning that if it can be read with out the parenthetical content and it makes sense then the parenthetical content is acceptable.


“What Are the Fourteen Punctuation Marks in English Grammar?.” YourDictionary, n.d. Web. 27 May 2015. .

Jordan Penn. (). Hyphen and Dashes. Available: http://www.thepunctuationguide.com/hyphen-and-dashes.html. Last accessed 28th May 2015.


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